Testing Your Well Water

If you get your water supply from a private well, you need to test the water to be sure it is safe.

Drinking water that has harmful bacteria in it can make you sick. These bacteria can cause you to have stomach cramps, nausea and/or diarrhea, as well as other medical problems. The only way to make sure that your water supply is safe to drink is by regular testing.

Testing for bacteria is done FREE of charge. Sample bottles can be obtained at any Health Unit office or designated location (link to locations). Follow the sampling procedure and then return the bottles to the Health Unit. Samples will be sent the provincial lab for testing and the results sent back to you through the mail.

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Well Water Drop Off Locations

Well water sample bottles can be picked up and dropped off at the following locations. For statutory holidays, please call ahead to the office as drop off times will change – 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006

Northumberland County:

Port Hope – HKPR District Health Unit office, 200 Rose Glen Rd. – Water samples can be dropped off Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Fridays from 8:30 am to 10:30 am –
Campbellford – Municipality of Trent Hills office, 66 Front St. S. – Water samples can be dropped off Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm, and Friday from 8:30 to 9 am. Water testing kits can also be picked up at the municipal office during regular business hours.

Haliburton County:

Haliburton – HKPR District Health Unit office, 191 Highland Street, Unit 301, – Water samples can be dropped off Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Minden – Minden Public Library – Water samples can be dropped off Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm.
Wilberforce – Highlands East Municipal Office – Water samples can be dropped off on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to noon.

City of Kawartha Lakes:

Lindsay – HKPR District Health Unit office, 108 Angeline St. S. – Water samples can be dropped off Mondays to Thursdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Fridays from 8:30 to 11:45 am
Coboconk – Coboconk Municipal Service Centre, 9 Grandy Rd. – Water samples can be dropped off on Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm